Why Hain Celestial Shares Spiked

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What: Shares of organic and natural food products company Hain Celestial (Nasdaq: HAIN  ) jumped as much as 20% earlier in the trading session after the company reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results.

So what: For the quarter, Hain reported an 82% jump in net income to $0.47 (with one-time items excluded) on a 22% increase in revenue to $350.8 million. Although revenue fell short of what analysts had been looking for (a common theme in the third quarter), Hain did beat EPS estimates by $0.02. Furthermore, Hain forecast a full-year 2013 profit of $2.10-$2.20 on revenue of $1.6 billion-$1.615 billion. While revenue met Wall Street's estimates, even the low end of the EPS range is higher than the $2.08 consensus figure. In addition to its quarterly report, Hain also announced the acquisition of Britain's Premier Foods' sweet spreads and jellies business for $316 million.

Now what: Simply put, Hain Celestial keeps delivering, period! I had been worried that rising input prices and Hain's organic products, which naturally carry higher prices than non-organic foods, might deter some shoppers from buying. This was the same thesis I had when I discussed the potential pitfalls that could await Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFM  ) . However, neither Hain nor Whole Foods appears to be feeling any backlash from rising costs or slowing consumer spending. Consumers, if anything, are willing to pay more if they get more nutritious food.

Hain continues to find itself in the sweet spot, capable of growth organically (Oh look, I made a funny!) and through acquisition. With health-awareness among consumers still rising, I see no reason to assume Hain won't continue to be an outperformer moving forward.

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